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Blagdon Local History Society

The Society is now communicating with members and friends via a digital newsletter, Blagdon Life and Times. To receive a copy contact Mike Adams: m.adams.blagdonhistory@gmail.com. To accesss recordings of talks and much more, visit the society’s website which is currently under construction at: https://www.blagdonlhs.com

Citizens Advice

Telephone Advice, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (local service may vary): 03444 111 444 or 03444 11 445 (text relay)

Online Advice: www.citizensadvice.org.uk

Email Advice: advice@ nscab.org.uk (response in 5 working days)

For Service Updates: www.nscab.org.uk or @CAB_NSomerset 

Bereavement Counselling

The Somerset Bereavement Support Service is here if you’ve been bereaved and need emotional support or someone to talk to.

We are here to help and welcome your call. 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday.

Call us on 0800 304 7412

Click here for a poster.

Village Agents

Do you need any assistance, care or support?  (Or do you know someone who does?)

A wide range of options delivered by North Somerset Council and independent organisations are available to provide support if needed. Care and support may be required because of ill health, a disability, because you are caring for others, or during a crisis.

Community Connect is the single point of access for all general health and social enquiries in North Somerset for the over 50s, outside those provided by your GP.  Community Connect offers impartial advice and can guide you towards social care services offered by North Somerset Council, or put you in touch with voluntary, statutory or private sector organisations.

Some of the services provided via Community Connect: Security; Fire Safety; House and Home; Money; Keeping Warm; Electrical and Gas Safety; Falls; Accident Prevention; Keeping Healthy; Social groups; Learning Opportunities; Getting out & about; Equipment for Independence; Care Support.

We can offer tailored support for older people to stay connected and active in their communities. We can also help you and your community to set up groups and activities that benefit the local area. There are simple effective actions we can all take to boost our wellbeing to feel healthier and happier.

If you’re reading this and would like to get more involved in your community, or you are simply after information or advice, please contact your local Village Agent, Lyndsay Newman on 07967 345559 or 01275 888803, or by email on Lyndsay.newman@curo-group.co.uk   

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Marie Curie Helpers and Companions

This service is completely free to anyone in Somerset who has a diagnosis of any terminal illness and is over 18

Click here for further details.

Could you be a Marie Curie Helper or Companion?

Marie Curie are looking for dedicated volunteers for their Helper and Companion Services in Somerset.  The Helper Service offers emotional and practical support to people in your area living with a terminal illness.  This includes visiting them at home, going out with them, or talking to them over the phone.  The Companion Service is based at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton and offers one-to-one support for patients and their carers in their final days or hours of life. These volunteers give around three hours each week and provide companionship, comfort and emotional support for people on the hospital wards as well as family and friends who are visiting them. All services are completely free to the terminally ill person and full training and travelling expenses are given for all volunteers. If you are interested please phone 08003047400 or email southwesthelper@mariecurie.org.uk

Handy Person Service

North Somerset Council has launched a new service for people aged 60 or over, or who have a disability: to carry out repairs, maintenance, improvements, adaptations and other ‘odd jobs’ and to help people live safely and independently in their own homes. They also run an equipment and demonstration centre in Weston-super-Mare which has a wide range of assistive technology and adaptation equipment for you to ‘try before you buy.’ For details, visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/handypersonservice or phone 01934 520 116.

Chew Valley Connect

Are you over 50? Or quite a lot older? If so, there is a new idea which you might be interested in. Chew Valley Connect is all about finding ways for older people living in the Valley to meet and explore how we could do things together and find shared interests.Chew Valley Connect plans to hold meetings in different parts of the area 3 or 4 times a year.  If you want to be kept in touch with plans, or if you have any questions, email chewvalleyconnect@gmail.com or contact Rural Connections at WERN on 01934 225184. Here are links to You Tube for two short videos on the project:

Community Companions

Royal Voluntary Service is developing a volunteer-led initiative across North Somerset to help reduce isolation and loneliness among older people. The primary focus of the project – known as Community Companions –  is to recruit and train small teams of volunteers to provide companion support to the most isolated people within their communities. The more local the focus, the better. Royal Voluntary Service provides all the background support, safeguarding, insurance and training services for volunteers to facilitate such activities safely. For further details, click here.